Julie de Bastion
Julie de Bastion was born in the UK in 1948 of Hungarian parentage. While in Primary School her art work was entered for the National Royal Academy of Drawing, which she won at the age of 8. As a young child, she wrote and illustrated poems and stories, making little books and dolls and toys, constructing their tiny outfits and habitats out of whatever scraps she could find. This fantasy world never quite deserted her as she grew older, when at the age of 16 she enrolled in a local art school and then won a place at the Central School of Art London, only to leave at 18 to begin her own dress design business. This was a very successful enterprise for a few years, her dresses appearing in Vogue magazine and selling to major deptartment stores such as Harrods, Selfridges, Dickens and Jones, and Fenwicks of Bond street, in swinging sixties London. She relocated to the United States in 1973 and continued her designing/making career, in fashion and fabric design. In 1979, she decided to resume her painting with renewed seriousness and enrolled in FIT (NYC) and then went on to complete the BFA hons degree, at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. She was awarded the Fine Arts Award for Excellence and then won a scholarship to the Johnson Studio School Vermont in 1984. In the UK, she continues her work as a painter, becoming also, over the years, an illuminated and inspirational educationalist, as well as writing and illustrating children’s stories and poems in her own unique hand made artists books. Her paintings utilise a variety of materials, oils, pastels, inks, pigments in printmaking. monotypes, collages and mixed media. She prefers the directness of using pallet knives and/or even fingers, instead of brushes, to feel the immediacy of the texture of the paint, for closer proximity. Her work has been shown internationally and nationally, including; The Brooklyn Museum and Art Gallery NY USA, Brattleboro Museum and Art Gallery Vermont USA,The Stadtmusem Ephraim Palaise Museum Berlin, The Meisterschueler Galerie Berlin, Galerie Horizon Paris,Moncrieff Bray Gallery London, The Fosse Gallery Stow on the Wold Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Barbican Theatre London, The Warwick Museum and Art Gallery, The Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Herbert Read Art Gallery Coventry, The Leamington Spa Museum and Art Gallery, The Number 9 Gallery Birmingham, Owen Taylor Art Warwick, Torquil Gallery Henley in Arden. Her work has been sought and bought by private collectors and has been purchased for permanent collection by, The Berlin Statdmuseum (the East Berlin Series)The Shakespeare Trust, Stratford upon Avon and commissioned by The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, The Raigmore Hospital Inverness, Arts and Business (Ernst and Young) Birmingham, The Cure Leukaemia Foundation Birmingham. The Birmingham Royal Ballet (commissioned artist in residence 2011.